Hangars built even though their future’s up in the air
There’s a group of new homes rising up just behind the Park East subdivision. But these homes aren’t for people, they’re for airplanes.
In all, six new buildings are being built. The red skeletons of these buildings can be seen towering behind houses at Park East by motorists who peer across the Roaring Fork River as they drive on Highway 82.
In those buildings there are six new hangars on the northeast side of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport. Most are capable of fitting two small airplanes.
“They’re all purchased except one,” airport manager Dick Weinberg said.
The city leases the land and the hangars are being built by Steve Carver, a local accountant and owner of the Hotel Denver. Carver was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
“The last two buildings aren’t up yet,” Weinberg said.
Once all six structures are built, they will stretch out for 800 to 900 feet along the edge of the runway.
Construction began on the hangars in late summer, but the steel framing didn’t begin until the last few weeks.
“They’ll have concrete, taxiways and everything,” Weinberg said.
The installation of extra amenities such as heat or running water can be done by individual owners.
“The design is standard, but appliances are optional,” he said.
The hangars are being built at a time when there are rumblings that the airport could close down.
“I’m on the ad hoc airport committee. We’re trying to determine what’s the best use for the property,” Weinberg said. “Naturally, I’m a pilot and the airport manager so we want to keep it as it is.”
But not everyone agrees with him. Re-1 School Board members would like to see the airport land used for a school. Still others feel it could be the perfect spot for affordable housing.
The hangars will be finished by mid-spring 2003, Weinberg said. Then, if it is decided that the airport will close down, buyers will get their money back, he said.
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